9 Beauty Products from Your Teen Years That Still Hold Up

1/10 Alyssa Zolna

Let’s face it: You’ll never really forget those classic beauty staples you owned way before Sephora came along. Generally speaking, product formulas have greatly improved since the days of your Jessica McClintock prom dress and boy-band crush (okay, you still think JT is a hottie). But some cult classics haven’t changed—and that’s a good thing since they work just as well today as they did back when you were in high school. Here are nine retro (and still easily-to-find) beauty products that will always deserve a place in your routine. 

2/10 Noxzema
Noxzema Classic Clean Original Deep Cleansing Cream

Remember when Mom told you to use this all-purpose cream for practically everything? This hardworking multitasker has been soothing irritated skin since its debut in 1914. (Quick history lesson: It was created by pharmacist George Bunting—the name Noxzema came from the phrase “no eczema,” because patients said it cleared up their itchy red patches.)

Buy it: $4, target.com

3/10 Aquaphor
Aquaphor Healing Ointment

This softening formula, which recently celebrated its 90th birthday, contains petrolatum, glycerin, and panthenol. But perhaps just as notable is what it doesn't contain: any preservatives or dyes. It not only works miracles on cracked heels and chapped skin (a must in the winter!); you can tap it all over your face to enhance your glow, too.

Buy it: $11, target.com

4/10 Carmex
Carmex Original Lip Balm in a Tube

It’s easy to reflect on all the times you stashed one in your backpack, but while those years have long since passed, nothing should stop you from adding this lifesaver to your purse or tote these days, either. The portable Carmex tube was released in 1988, but the formula has actually been around for 79 years. It’s made of camphor, menthol, and phenol to heal dry, flaky lips

Buy it: $1, drugstore.com

5/10 Dove
Dove Beauty Bar

This definitely was grandma’s go-to favorite back in 1957 when it debuted—and decades later, this classic cleansing bar still manages to defy time. That’s because it’s super-gentle and won’t strip your skin of moisture.

Buy it: $4, drugstore.com

6/10 Maybelline
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

This iconic mascara has transformed sparse and tiny lashes into va-va-voom ones since 1971. It’s still seriously one of the best there is—and who can resist the classic pink and green packaging?

Buy it: $5, target.com

7/10 Johnson's
Johnson’s Baby Oil

Who says this product is just for babies? This oil, which has been around since 1938, makes an excellent lightweight moisturizer and also works well as a makeup remover against stubborn mascara.

Buy it: $4, target.com

8/10 Ponds
Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser

This beauty essential has been around for a whopping 100 years, and it's still uber-popular today. It has a silky-smooth consistency that makes it perfect for using as an overnight sleeping mask or even as a shaving cream. It also works as a makeup remover: The mineral oil in the formula attracts and removes even the longest-lasting makeup. 

Buy it: $8, drugstore.com

9/10 Clinique
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

It’s no surprise that this iconic yellow moisturizer, which has been around since 1968, is still one of Clinique’s top sellers. That’s because it has a very lightweight texture that balances every type of skin from dry to oily, without leaving your complexion greasy. It’s even suitable for sensitive types.

Buy it: $26, sephora.com

10/10 Biore
Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Nose Strips

You probably remember all of the ads for these back in the late '90s. We still swear by these strips when pesky blackheads come out to play. With a grab-and-go appeal, you can even Netflix and chill while these bad boys work their magic.

Buy it: $6, target.com

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